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Chelsea Physic Garden, London

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#20 of 102 in Parks in London
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Situated in the heart of London, this 'Secret Garden' is a centre of education, beauty and relaxation. Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London in 1673 for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants. Throughout the 1700s it was one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. It is London’s oldest botanic garden and a unique living museum.
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  • Been meaning to visit this garden for years and finally made it. We walked (c 5 miles ) from Aldwych as all the roads were blocked or closed due to a cycle event and it was worth every step. A delight...  more »
  • London born and bred but my first time to the Chelsea Physic Garden, shameful as this place is amazing. 3 acres of beautifully tended gardens focused on showcasing the value of plants, medicinal and o...  more »
  • This place is pretty amazing. The admission fee is not cheap but when you are inside you will be amazed by all the different plants and flowers. The garden is very well organized by subjects and even ...  more »
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  • The free tours are really worth it. The guides are so knowledgeable. Even if the sun is not shining, the wealth of colour and the cafe more than make up. The garden's founder was an incredible collector. Sir Sloane was also the founder of what we know and love today, Cadbury's chocolate !!
  • Even in the pouring rain, a beautiful place to visit. The entrance fee is quite expensive, but worth it and the free guided tour is very informative. Lovely café too.
  • completely beautiful little corner of London, amazing botanical history and for anyone interested in natural medicine, a must see in London. A nice place to sit and have tea in the beautiful surrounds, too
  • Awesome. Lots of plants. Great walk. Includes audioguide.
  • Wonderful green oasis with a dining room serving a range of tasty dishes & salads plus cakes and puddings.

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